AdvisorResearcher, Design-for-Sustainability and grassroots innovation.
Dr. Kohtala is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Design, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland. She is part of the Helsinki Green Map team, a group of cross-sector volunteers. Helsinki Green Maps have been used to showcase sustainability-related projects and sites in Aalto University events, and the international Green Map community is an ideal network illustrating constructive dialogue between the local and global.
Dr. Kohtala believes open and citizen-led initiatives are crucial to knowledge-building for sustainability and resilience. They foster awareness, action and commitment, and they make neighbourhoods and cities places people want to live in and contribute to.